Friday, 3rd March 2023

The Sharks Media Release
VODACOM UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

DHL Stormers vs. Cell C Sharks

Date: Saturday, 04th March 2023
Time:  14h30
Venue: DHL Stadium, Cape Town
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Refs: Marius van der Westhuisen, Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO: Marius Jonker

The historic rivalry between the Cell C Sharks and DHL Stormers continues this Saturday when the two teams meet in their return leg Vodacom United Rugby Championship clash at DHL Stadium in Cape Town.

Cell C Sharks Director of Rugby Neil Powell has made several changes to last week’s side that played against Ulster.

The front row is completely rejigged, with Dian Bleuler coming in for Ntuthuko Mchunu and Fez Mbatha and Hanro Jacobs taking over from Dan Jooste and Carlü Sadie respectively.

In the second row, Reniel Hugo makes way for Emile van Heerden, with Henco Venter replacing Dylan Richardson and Sikhumbuzo Notshe starting at eighthman for Phepsi Buthelezi.

The captaincy reins have been handed to Curwin Bosch this week as the Cell C Sharks flyhalf continues his growth and adds to his contribution to the team.

Powell has made just two changes in the backline, welcoming back Aphelele Fassi who starts on the wing in place of Thaakir Abrahams after returning from injury, while Marnus Potgieter has been moved to outside centre, where he will partner Rohan Janse van Rensburg.

With a five-point margin separating the Stormers from third-placed Ulster, the pressure is on them to maintain their position on the log, while the Cell C Sharks are themselves well-aware of teams below them putting on a chase for a top eight finish.

The seventh-placed Cell C Sharks also have a five-point buffer [over Connacht] and a win would propel them higher up the log.

Cell C Sharks

1. Dian Bleuler
2. Fez Mbatha
3. Hanro Jacobs
4. Emile van Heerden
5. Gerbrandt Grobler
6. Henco Venter
7. Vincent Tshituka
8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe
9. Grant Williams
10. Curwin Bosch (c)
11. Aphelele Fassi
12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg
13. Marnus Potgieter
14. Werner Kok
15. Boeta Chamberlain

Replacements

16. Kerron van Vuuren
17. Ntuthuko Mchunu
18. Carlu Sadie
19. Lappies Labuschagne
20. James Venter
21. Phepsi Buthelezi
22. Cameron Wright
23. Yaw Penxe

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